Annual Report 2014
February 2013 through January 2014
Hyattsville Aging in Place (HAP) has learned a great deal about our community in the three years of its existence and especially in the past year since we started providing direct services to seniors who need help. Here is a synopsis!
• Service Requests through end of January 2014 (153). HAP has replied to service requests on 153 separate occasions. Most have been rides to doctors (104). But other requests have included: outside chores such as yard work (done in collaboration with community groups Roots and Shoots and Daisy/Girl Scouts); car check and repairs; snow shoveling; grocery shopping and prescriptions pickup; television, telephone and computer assistance; minor home repairs; and referrals to vendors and assistance with banking, health and legal information.
• Number of Neighbors/residents served directly. These direct services were provided to 23 more mobility limited seniors, mostly in their 80s and 90s whose families are not nearby. The help provided by HAP volunteers made it possible for seniors to get to doctors but as importantly, it reduced their social isolation and encouraged engagement in the community.
• Informational Meetings. HAP also organizes informational meetings, in the past on nutrition and medication issues, gardening and prescriptions. Our 3rd Meeting on Fall Prevention comes up on March 8 – this Saturday (9:30 to 11:30 at the City Building) and you are all invited to participate.
• Social and Health Events. HAP’s 4th Annual Picnic is coming up on June 8, to be held at the City building and we held an ice cream social in the fall and a Member Appreciation event in February. We’ve also encouraged participation in the Hyattsville Parade, in Ageless Grace and in AGES program, and collaborated on a social outing to the summer Riversdale concerts.
• Website and Newsletter. HAP has a new newsletter, HAPpenings, to keep members informed and we’ve just launched a new website at http://HyattsvilleAginginPlace.org – you can find our meetings and our newsletters at the website.
• Emergency Phone Tree and assistance with Snow. We now have a phone tree in place to activate in times of emergency. HAP used it last summer in the heat and we have checked on seniors after each snow fall this winter to make seniors have heat and electricity and to see if they need food (or snow shoveling).
• Informal Crafts Group. A HAP member/volunteer has started an informal crafts group in her home and welcomes new people to join.
• Birthday Greetings. A HAP volunteer sends birthday cards to members and volunteers.
• Measures of Success. We believe it is a measure of the success of the services we provide that many of the seniors who have requested rides now also come to the social events HAP and the City provides.